CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is hoping to educate people regarding the potential to get taken for a ride when buying a used car.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Madigan says her office gets about 200,000 consumer complaint calls each year, and among the top five are about used car dealers.

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“I think many people are looking for, you know, a more affordable vehicle to purchase, and because of that, you still have a good deal of used car dealerships, and they seem to be thriving in the sense of getting more business than the new car dealers are – although we’ve seen a recent surge in new car purchases, but that’ s been really only the last six months, I’d say,” Madigan said.

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Madigan says anyone buying a used car should be sure the required buyer’s guide contains what was discussed with the dealer, and get everything in writing – including the title report. Also, perhaps not as easy, Madigan advises getting an independent inspection.

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LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports